What Are Telescopic Lenses For Driving? [Don’t Jump Behind The Wheel]


Dealing with low vision problems can be a real pain sometimes. Especially when it begins interrupting our everyday task. Things that used to be so enjoyable in life are starting to become unbearable and hard to accomplish. Even enjoying your grandkids and daily activities are beginning to bring you eye strain and other worries and anxiety.

I get it and see where it can begin to become exhausting. It leads many individuals to start having plenty of questions about the best avenues they should be considering or where to even begin. One of the questions I have seen in recent time is simple but extremely important to cover. What are telescopic lenses for driving? Here is what I can tell you on the topic.

So, what are telescopic lenses for driving? A telescopic lens for driving is a bioptic lens system that essentially takes a combination of a two-lens optical system with a telescope and attaches them to a pair of eyeglasses. The additional telescopic lens is placed on the eyeglass lens directly above the normal line of sight.

So that is the general definition of what a telescopic lens is but how can this get you back behind the wheel and make your life enjoyable again?

Glad you asked because that’s what this post is all about. I want to take the time to break down how these devices work and fill you in on other key factors that you always need to keep in mind. Let’s dive into it.

A Further Analysis and Definition of Telescopic Lens

First, let’s break down who may need these lenses. Many individuals suffer from conditions such as Macular Degeneration or other diseases such as glaucoma.

It’s at this point where your vision may be very difficult to see either far distance objects or near distance objects while driving. Obviously, you can see where this could be a significant cause for concern.

When driving, we need the ability to see anything and everything possible for optimal safety. In comes the telescopic lenses. We discussed how these work in a nutshell but what’s the practical use of these devices? Well, for starters, if you use these devices, most Americans use them for only roughly 5% of the time when driving.

The bioptic telescope feature is not used all the time when driving. It’s more of a spot-checking device for drivers with poor vision to read the details of a road sign or quickly check your surroundings when necessary. Usually, at this stage, your vision isn’t fully deteriorated.

Picture using these devices as the same concept as doing a quick check in your mirrors on your vehicle.

Side Vision is The Concern, Not Your Central Vision

These systems are designed to help with more side vision applications than aiding your central vision driving skills. Most individuals are not at a position when they are still driving that they need a large amount of central vision assistance to drive.  These systems are only really designed for individuals that have mild to moderate vision problems.

When you’re using these systems, they aren’t permanently helping you with your vision with driving. They rest on the top of your eyeglasses, and when needed you just tilt and turn your head to use the enhanced vision and aid to help you read the signs we discussed earlier as well as see pedestrians and other objects that may be blurry or distorted without using the device at all.

How Much Do Telescopic Lens Cost Me?

This is where it can get a bit costly. It depends significantly on the actual system you purchase, but some consumers have noted that they have paid up to 2,000.00 for the unit. Some versions you can purchase for cheaper, but when it comes to low vision devices to help aid with driving or other activities, these are one of the more expensive items that you would need to purchase.

Will These Help Me with Macular Degeneration and Other Eye Problems?

Absolutely. These devices can provide a night and day difference for individuals that suffer from low vision problems. Especially those suffering from Macular Degeneration. The ability to increase your long-distance vision with vision problems is a huge benefit that these can provide.  Also, the ability to only slightly tilt your head to improve your vision capabilities is a nice added benefit.

When you are performing activities that don’t require the vision benefits that these offer, you can always feel free to keep these at bay and only use them when the situation calls for them. It’s also nice that these devices are 100% handsfree.

An often-overlooked benefit that many individuals may take for granted. Also, these devices can help significantly with other activities such as the following.

•    Biking

•    Golfing

•    Bowling

•    Painting

•    Fishing

•    Mowing the Lawn

These may not seem like the highest priorities items to investigate expensive low vision aids over, but I would guess that you are an individual who may enjoy at least one of the topics we discussed here today.

What Should I Do Next?

Like many of our other blog post suggest, we always recommended starting the process by speaking to professional that can guide you down to the path to which low vision device may be the best for you. Sometimes you may have a method in mind and realize that you could opt for a cheaper or different option such as handheld magnifier.

If you can save the money and still get the same benefits, why not do it?

Putting It All Together, Get Back to Seeing Clearly and Enjoying Your Life

Regardless of if you need low vision devices to aid with driving or other activities, it’s always best to weigh all your options and consider every possibility. All the devices offered by manufacturers are great and help with their own unique uses and applications.

It just depends on you and what you need. What’s your experience with low vision aids or more specifically telescopic lenses for driving? Who do you recommend and how much did they help to improve your vision?

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